Anthropology is the study of humans past and present that integrates knowledge from geological, biological, social, psychology and physical sciences.

The Department of Anthropology at SMU is one of the oldest departments on campus with a nationally-ranked program and a distinguished faculty, among whom three have been members of the National Academy of Sciences. We have strong undergraduate programs for majors and minors (BA and BS) in Anthropology.

We also have dynamic graduate programs in which students benefit from close research collaborations with faculty. The Department of Anthropology offers a Master's Degree Program in Applied Medical Anthropology, and Doctoral Programs in Anthropology with specializations in Archaeology or Cultural Anthropology. Within Cultural Anthropology, graduate students can focus on either Medical Anthropology or Globalization and Development.

Learn about our undergraduate courses and degrees.

Learn about and apply to our graduate programs.

  • Dr. Caroline Brettell on Anthropology and Intercrossmultidisciplinarity

    Dr. Caroline Brettell, University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Ruth Collins Altshule Director, Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute recently wrote for ITEMS, the Social Science Research Council online newsletter about anthropological interdisciplinarity, written in memory of one of her mentors, Sid Mintz. Read more.

  • Minds Moving the World
    Health & Society Major

    Department of Anthropology announces the Health & Society Major. This inter-disciplinary program is for students interested in the practice and study of health in global and cultural contexts. Read more...

  • Health & Society Fall Lecture

    The Department of Anthropology and Health & Society Program is pleased to announce the Fall 2016 Guest Lecturer, Dr. Robbie Davis-Floyd. She will be speaking on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 5:00 - 6:00pm in Heroy Hall, Room 153. Please click here for more information.